Michael Gove is the new Housing Minister, it has been confirmed following rumours on social media over the past hour.
Gove, who has held offices of state in past Tory governments but until now had an almost ceremonial role as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in the Johnson administration, albeit with a cabinet post, will have one of the trickiest roles in government.
Like his predecessor Robert Jenrick, he must try – vainly some might argue – to delivery on the government’s promise to build 300,000 new homes a year, as well as handle the backwash from the ongoing leasehold and Grenfell Tower scandals.
Propertymark CEO Nathan Emerson (pictured), comments: “We welcome today’s appointment of Michael Gove as the new Secretary of State for Housing. “Over the past 18 months housing has been high on the political agenda, with the long term Covid-19 inflicted stamp duty holiday and evictions ban due to close at the end of the month.
“We look forward to meeting the new Secretary of State and his team over the coming months and hope the Department’s position and policy focus stays on track.”
Gove has spoken about housing in the past, although he most famous intervention political was to side with residents in his constituents seeking to stop a 50-home developments in the village of Bagshot.
A hint of his likely appointment to the housing job came in July, when his name was put to a list of cabinet members supporting the introduction of the Building Safety Bill. In 2018 he was interviewed by the Knight Frank blog, revealing his plans for the rural landscape and its property market.
Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association (pictured) said: “We welcome Michael Gove to his new position and look forward to working with him to ensure the rental market works for responsible landlords and tenants alike.
Key to this will be addressing the supply crisis in the sector by developing pro-growth policies that recognise the vital contribution it makes to housing millions of people across the country.”